North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

OCT 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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12 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | OCTOBER 2 018 Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, intro- duced its largest trencher to date, the HT275, to boost pro- ductivity and versatility on a broad range of trenching jobs. The unit was designed to increase year-over-year return on investment (ROI) on water, sewer, gas, power and underd- rain installations, pipeline distribution and other heavy-duty trenching tasks. The HT275 provides operators exceptional efficiency on installations up to 10-ft deep and 26-in wide. A fully utilized Cummins 275-hp (205-kW) T4 engine provides the power to tackle a variety of jobsite environments and digging condi- tions. And a hydrostatic trencher-chain drive with an infi- nitely variable displacement motor allows operators to easily match chain speeds to soil conditions. "Designed specifically for heavy-duty trenching, the HT275 is an excellent addition to the fleet of any underground construction contractor working on a broad range of trench- ing jobs," said Steve Seabolt, Ditch Witch product manager, heavy duty trenchers. "Modular and patent-pending designs and purpose-built attachments further enhance productivity and enable contractors to accept a broader range of jobs than previously feasible." The HT275 boosts jobsite performance with four hydrau- lic quick-disconnect blocks that reduce the time it takes to change attachments from days to hours. The design allows operators to change rear attachments in the field without the use of heavy lifting equipment. And, for better performance on uneven terrains, the machine has a patent-pending sus- pension that mounts to the center of each track frame. This innovative design feature provides the unique ability to "float" each track independently, which takes stress off the main frame. Equipped with a power sliding cab and featuring exter- nal cameras, the HT275 offers industry-leading visibility of the jobsite. Operators also benefit from unparalleled comfort and control due to an air-ride suspension seat with 270-degree rotation, ergonomic joystick controls and dual 7-in. displays. A one-piece, fully opening hood offers easy access to the engine and all routine maintenance points. The HT275 fea- tures a unique wireless remote that allows operators to per- form daily service and inspections — including advancing the digging chain from ground level — saving time and sim- plifying maintenance. The trencher's patent-pending track frame is designed for easy removal, which further simplifies serviceability by minimizing time spent on track repairs. For more information about the HT275 trencher, visit Product Spotlight: Ditch Witch Introduces HT275 Heavy-Duty Trencher Amanda Eversole will join API this fall as its COO, a new position focused on building and im- plementing a strategic plan for the natural gas and oil industry. Eversole comes to API from JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she serves as managing director and head of Public Affairs overseeing strategic com- munications, civic engagement and strategy for the corporate responsibility team. "Amanda has a strong track record of driving consensus, alignment, and winning strategies that will be invaluable as API builds on our past successes and positions the natural gas and oil industry for the future," said Mike Sommers, API president and CEO. "Few people in Washington bring the breadth of or- ganizational expertise that she does, and we will greatly benefit from her experience and energy as our industry drives transformational change for American consumers." Eversole created and built JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s public affairs function, leveraging a campaign style approach focused on aligning inclusive economic growth and deeper local engagement around the world. Eversole also created a framework for the firm's philanthropic approach, which was highlighted last year as part of Fortune's "#1 Company Changing the World" recognition. Prior to her time at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Eversole spent 13 years at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Wash- ington, D.C. She served as president of C_TEC, the Chamber Technology Engagement Center, where she developed and expanded ties between technology companies and policymakers and served as Senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber Center for Capi- tal Markets Competitiveness, a program she helped launch in 2006 to advance America's global leader- ship in capital formation. Eversole also served as chief of staff to Chamber president and CEO Thomas J. Donohue and oversaw marketing and communica- tions for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Founda- tion. Prior to joining the U.S. Chamber, she worked for RTC Relationship Marketing — a WPP Group company — in business development. "I have long been drawn to industries that are driving innova- tion, environmental progress, and societal benefits for all Ameri- cans," said Eversole. Eversole graduated cum laude from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Business Admin- istration and a minor in French. She earned an M.B.A. from the Uni- versity of Pennsylvania's Wharton School where she was a Palmer Scholar and graduated first in her class. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, their daughter, and their dog, Gus. Amanda Eversole Joins API as Chief Operating Officer

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